TORONTO– The Toronto Marlies were never able to get their offence going as they dropped three games in three days, all on the road, this past weekend.
On Friday, the Marlies played their first game of a four-game road trip and were shut out by the Milwaukee Admirals 2-0.
Mark Van Guilder scored both goals for Milwaukee.
Korbinian Holzer led all Marlies with five shots on goal.
Jeremy Smith was named second star of the game after he made 33 saves for the shutout, while Ben Scrivens stopped 22 of 24 shots in defeat.
Neither team had any luck with the power play as the Admirals went 0-for-3 and the Marlies 0-for-2.
On Saturday, Toronto’s offensive production was no better as they were, again, shut out by a score of 2-0, this time against the Peoria Rivermen.
Both Jonathan Cheechoo and T.J. Hensick had a goal and an assist for the Rivermen.
Marcel Mueller led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
Ben Bishop earned the shutout and first star of the game by turning away 26 shots as Jussi Rynnas allowed just one goal on 28 shots against for the loss.
Peoria failed to score on five power-play opportunities while Toronto went 0-for-4.
In their third game in as many days, the Marlies were edged by the Chicago Wolves 2-1 on Sunday.
Tim Miller and Bill Sweatt scored 1:34 apart in the first period for Chicago.
Jeff Finger scored the lone goal for Toronto in the first period, stopping the team’s goalless drought at 126:46.
Darryl Boyce and Jerry D’Amigo picked up the assists.
Eddie Lack picked up the win, and first star of the game, by stopping 31 shots, while Scrivens made 21 saves, and dropped back to back games for the first time this season.
The Wolves went 0-for-3 with the extra man as the Marlies failed to score on five power-play chances.
Toronto had opportunities to win each of these three games, however the opposing team’s goaltenders came up big every night, shutting down all of the Marlies top scorers.
None of Toronto’s top six point producers were able to record a single point all weekend, including Joe Colborne and Nazem Kadri who combined for 11 shots on goal.
The Marlies also ran a five-forward power play, which included Mike Zigomanis and Colborne running the point, but it failed to produce and gave up a short-handed goal to Chicago.
The three-game losing streak is the longest Toronto has had since late October, when they dropped five in a row.
The road trip will wrap up on Wednesday when the Rockford IceHogs host the Marlies in their last game before the Christmas break.
- The Marlies power-play struggles continued and they dropped to 22nd in the AHL, but their penalty kill was successful and they have moved back into first.
- The Marlies have played three games in three days four times this season, with their record being 6-6-0
- The Marlies are 4-5-1 in their last 10 games
- Jussi Rynnas allowed less than three goals against for the first time since October 28th, against Peoria
- Nazem Kadri has scored only once in the last five games
- Colborne has just two assists in five games since returning from the Leafs
- Ben Scrivens 2.22 GAA is seventh in the AHL
- Both Kenny Ryan and Tyler Brenner sat out all weekend with undisclosed injuries
- Greg Scott picked up five for boarding and five for fighting on the same play against Chicago
- Dale Mitchell’s rehab with the Reading Royals of the ECHL continues to go well as he now has eight goals and two assists in 10 games